Review of the year: July to September

Review of the year: July to September

In the third part of our review of the year, we look at the big stories from July to September. Read January to March's here, and April to June's here.


Claire Fuller won the Desmond Elliott Prize for her novel Our Endless Numbered Days (Fig Tree).

Amazon UK launched Prime Now in London, enabling customers in the capital to receive purchases within an hour of ordering them. Later in the year the scheme would be extended to other parts of the country.

Healthy eating, psychological fiction and adult colouring books helped the print market to its first half-year rise in seven years.

The Man Booker International Prize merged with the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize to create a prize with a "new stature".

Quarto launched a consumer-facing website to promote its global publishing programme.

Writers including James Dawson and Kerry Hudson called for action over a lack of diversity in the trade.

Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman (William Heinemann) was released, with shops holding midnight and early morning openings. The book topped the charts in its first week of release.

Dan Franklin decided to step down from his role as publishing director at Jonathan Cape from the end of 2015, with Michal Shavit appointed as his successor. Meanwhile, Mitzi Angel was appointed as publisher for all adult publishing at Faber & Faber. Former HarperCollins' m.d. Simon Johnson became Amazon's director of seller services.

MacLehose Press released the first plot details for David Lagercrantz's The Girl in the Spider's Web, a continuation of Stieg Larsson's Millennium series.


Ananth Padmanabhan was appointed as the c.e.o. of HarperCollins India. He joined from Penguin Random House India.

Faber saw a drop in turnover in its latest financial year.

Booksellers celebrated the release of the late Terry Pratchett's final novel The Shepherd's Crown (Doubleday Children's), with parties and midnight openings. The month also saw a second big release - David Lagercrantz's Millennium novel, The Girl in the Spider's Web (MacLehose Press), translated by George Goulding. Reviews for The Girl in the Spider's Web were largely favourable.


Four Bonnier imprints - Templar Publishing, Weldon Owen, Studio Press and Blink Publishing - were brought under a new division, Kings Road Publishing, under the charge of Perminder Mann.

Penguin Random House Children's acquired the bestselling self-published book The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep by Swedish psychologist Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin.

Lisa Milton was appointed as executive publisher of HarperCollins' Harlequin UK division, with UK m.d. Tim Cooper leaving the company.

Pottermore announced it would be relaunching with a radical new design (above) and approach.

Scottish publisher Freight Books acquired fellow Glasgow-based independent publisher Cargo Publishing.

The Man Booker Prize announced its shortlist for 2015, with two books each from independent publishers, Penguin Random House and Pan Macmillan.

Jeremy Corbyn's appointment as leader of the Labour Party was welcomed by the trade. Later in the year biteback would go on to acquire a biography of Corbyn, while Old Street Colouring released The Corbyn Colouring Book.

Connect Books bought the remaining 49% stake in Wordery from its four founders to become the sole owner of the company.

The Booksellers Association president Tim Walker called for Civilised Saturday, the antithesis to Black Friday. Civilised Saturday was held later in the year, with bookshops holding events, and actor Pierce Brosnan (above, with Sheila O'Reilly) even popping in to Dulwich Books.

Author Jackie Collins (left) died from breast cancer at the age of 77. Knopf editor-in-chief Sonny Mehta said she was "one of a kind, totally professional and dedicated to her work".

Penguin General announced it would be launching a personal development and healthy living imprint, Penguin Life, headed by Viking publishing director Venetia Butterfield.

Egypt's largest bookshop chain, Alef Bookstores, opened a London outlet - its first international branch.